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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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You helped me the ther day with my cat stated he has

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Hi,
You helped me the ther day with my cat stated he has Allergies. He is still sneezing, but playful, eating and not long weight. He has been cough and did throw up clean liquid. Is this still allergy?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'm going to play devil's advocate and give you a contrarian opinion.
Respiratory allergies are poorly described in cats. No doubt they exist but allergic dermatitis and lower respiratory disease diagnosed as asthma are far more commonly seen than sneezing and coughing due to allergy. Those symptoms are more commonly caused by infectious respiratory agents and the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is the most common of those agents. Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila are other important considerations.
In light of the above, I don't recommend the use of a corticosteroid such as prednisolone which can immunosuppress Sebastian and worsen infection. Instead, I'm more likely to "watchful wait" because the great majority of these cats remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. I reserve treatment for those cats who aren't eating or drinking due to congestion and discomfort. I might administer supplemental fluids subcutaneously and begin force feeding and a systemic broad spectrum antibiotic might be prescribed if secondary bacterial infection is suspected.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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